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    Thu, 05 Feb 2009 19:50:07

    The Thing Returns - Universal commissioning remake

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    The "what's old is new again" trend that has been dominating Hollywood shows no signs of slowing down, as The Thing is getting remade...again. Universal has greenlit a remake of the 1951 classic, which was most recently redone by horror hero John Carpenter in 1982. That version was also called The Thing.

    The second remake of the horror classic will be directed by Matthijs Van Heijningen, who has shot blurbs for mega-brands like Toyota, Pepsi, Heineken, and Visa, to name a few. The new version will feature some changes but will also borrow details from the Who Goes There short story that both previous versions were based upon. It will be set in a Norwegian camp and will explore how the alien was first uncovered and how it overcame the camp inhabitants.

    In other Carpenter news, the director will helm The Ward, a suspenseful psychological thriller that takes place in an asylum. Amber Heard will star in the film, which centers on a woman terrorized by a ghost while institutionalized. The film is set to begin shooting in May. Echo Lake will produce the pic.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    02.05.09



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